Quito was everything we had hoped it would be. The last four days we spent there were just as new and exciting as the first three.
Our community service included two more visits to the orphanage, during which we all formed strong bonds with the Ecuadorian children. Our interactions with the children ranged from skipping rope to shooting marbles to playing two massive soccer games. The children were always very excited to see us arrive in the mornings, and we received a tearful goodbye when we left for the last time. We know that we’ve made a difference at the orphanage – the brand new paint job we did on the main buildings is proof enough!
When we were not doing community service, we packed our days with as many adventures as we could. Ziplining over the forests near Quito was a breathtaking way to take in the countryside. Probably our favourite outdoor activity was tubing down a nearby river – we were splashing and laughing all the way down. Most recently, we spent an afternoon bowling. Congrats to Sam for ending up with the highest score!
We also managed to take in lots of local culture. We visited an outdoor market, where we browsed an amazing variety of items such as handmade rugs, shirts, musical instruments, and jewellery. We watched a performance by a group of traditional dancers, after which – ¡que sorpresa! – they pulled us up from our chairs for an impromptu dance party. Finally, the food we’ve eaten is as Ecuadorian as it gets. We’ve had local beans, grains, and meats (including guinea pig!).
More adventures to come in Latacunga! ¡Vamos!
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